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Welcome back, Jesters!


It’s been far too long since we've sent out a newsletter.  I had planned on this being a weekly occurrence, but writing is hard. I went to look up a quote about writing and found this gem.


“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ~ Douglas Adams


I truly felt this way when trying to get this newsletter out.  Each week would come and go as I promised myself this would be the week.  However not all of us in the Jester house have been sitting idly by.  You may have noticed that the team has been cranking out a bunch of new features. I have to say - the app looks brand new and better than ever.

Spotlight: On Tour






While I haven’t been keeping to my commitment as far as writing goes, I have been getting in a few social game sessions. While continuing to work our way through Pandemic Legacy 2, I’ve also been playing a game called On Tour by Chad DeShon.  It’s a simple game in concept, but a bit tricky to master.  With On Tour, you are playing the role of a band touring the USA (I get specific here because I’m super excited to try out the latest European map expansion I just received).


The game play is pretty simple. Each turn, a player rolls two 10-sided dice and you have to write down the pair of numbers those dice make on your map for example 2 and 4 would be 24 & 42. Your goal is to create the longest route across the country using numbers in ascending order.  The box says it takes between 15-25 min, but I feel like my group is on the longer side, around 30+ minutes, especially as we add more people. I find that enjoyment goes up the more people we have.  Last time we played with 3, which was totally fine. The true fun of this game is watching your friends struggle to fit in a 39 or 93 as you all start getting down to the last few states to fill in.

Now trust me, I did not do justice to On Tour with my explanation above, but check it out within the Jester app if it sounds like it might be your kind of thing. It’s a great game and it can support large groups of friends.  I currently have 8 boards, but there's no reason why I couldn’t buy a second set and play with 16 people in total.


Play On


We hope that you are enjoying the latest update of the Jester app! Let us know if you have any feedback either by replying here or finding me directly in the app. Our mission is to foster that excitement that each of us get when we sit down and play board games - both through the app and these emails!


Until next time,

Kevin

Your Humble Court Jester

Hey Jesters,


Welcome to the inaugural issue of our weekly newsletter. We plan on bringing you snack-size updates that keep you connected with the board game community. We want to share with you news about the coolest games, upcoming hits, industry news, as well as introduce to who we are here at Jester. We love board games and we know you do too.

SPOTLIGHT


In 2018 I started playing Pandemic Legacy Season 1, with my wife and two of our friends.  It took about 13 months for us to finish the game because it was just tough for us to all get-together.  Even though it took forever for us to finish it, we had a blast playing the game.  I love the original Pandemic board game for its simplicity in tactics and scalability in difficulty.  It’s surprisingly tough, and that difficulty translated to Pandemic Legacy.  I also loved the theming of Season 1.  The story was enjoyable and fulfilling, definitely worth playing if you have not.  Now we are in the middle of our own real-life pandemic, and we just started Pandemic Legacy Season 2.  There are only 3 of us playing it this time.  So far we’ve only finished January, and I can already tell I’m going to love Season 2.  It has a great hook and has already pulled the three of us into the world of Pandemic.  In an effort not to spoil anything about Season 1 or 2, I’ll just tell you that it feels like any other Pandemic game.  The underlying mechanics are the same with a new twist.  As usual, it’s a race against the clock as you run around the map trying to collect cards and fulfill objectives.  I’m looking forward to playing February, and can’t wait to see if our skills and luck hold out. 

THANKS FOR TUNING IN


Playing board games are social activities, they build community and allow friends and family to gather around a common purpose.  We're happy you have decided to download and use Jester!  Our hope is that through the app and these emails we will be able to continue to foster that excitement that each of us gets when we sit down and play board games!  

See you next week.

Kevin

Your Humble Court Jester

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